VIRTUAL: Stephen Kiernan (Universe of Two) Author Discussion

Please join Bank Square Books and Savoy Bookshop & Café for a virtual event to celebrate Stephen Kiernan's latest book, Universe of Two

Monday, August 17, 2020 | 6:30 pm EST

To join us, please purchase a copy of Universe of Two below. Copies of Universe of Two purchased below will receive access to the virtual event, and a hardcover copy of the book with a signed book plate (while supplies last).  Following the purchase of your book you will be registered for the Crowdcast stream (please allow 24-48 hours for the registration to come through) using the same email that was used to order online.

About The Book

“Stephen Kiernan has pulled off the nearly impossible...The most tender, terrifying, relevant book you’ll read this year.” — Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Lost Family

From the critically acclaimed author of The Baker’s Secret and The Curiosity comes a novel of conscience, love, and redemption—a fascinating fictionalized account of the life of Charlie Fisk, a gifted mathematician who was drafted into Manhattan Project and ordered against his morals to build the detonator for the atomic bomb. With his musician wife, he spends his postwar life seeking redemption—and they find it together.

Graduating from Harvard at the height of World War II, brilliant mathematician Charlie Fish is assigned to the Manhattan Project. Working with some of the age’s greatest scientific minds, including J. Robert Oppenheimer, Enrico Fermi, and Leo Szilard, Charlie is assigned the task of designing and building the detonator of the atomic bomb.

As he performs that work Charlie suffers a crisis of conscience, which his wife, Brenda—unaware of the true nature of Charlie’s top-secret task—mistakes as self-doubt. She urges him to set aside his qualms and continue. Once the bombs strike Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the feelings of culpability devastate him and Brenda.

At the war’s end, Charlie receives a scholarship to pursue a PhD in physics at Stanford—an opportunity he and Brenda hope will allow them a fresh start. But the past proves inescapable. All any of his new colleagues can talk about is the bomb, and what greater atomic weapons might be on the horizon. Haunted by guilt, Charlie and Brenda leave Stanford and decide to dedicate the rest of their lives to making amends for the evil he helped to birth into the world.

Based on the life of the actual mathematician Charles B. Fisk, Universe of Two combines riveting historical drama with a poignant love story. Stephen Kiernan has conjured a remarkable account of two people struggling to heal their consciences and find peace in a world forever changed.

About Stephen Kiernan

Stephen Kierna is a former newspaper journalist who has written three other novels (The Baker's Secret, The Hummingbird, The Curiosity) and two books of nonfiction (Last Rights, Authentic Patriotism). With rights of his books purchased for TV and film production, and novels translated into many languages, his work has won more than 40 awards. He lives in Vermont with his two amazing sons.

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Universe of Two: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062878441
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow - August 4th, 2020

“Stephen Kiernan has pulled off the nearly impossible...The most tender, terrifying, relevant book you’ll read this year.” — Jenna Blum, New York Times bestselling author of Those Who Save Us and The Lost Family